2 injured after inmate attacks Mercer County corrections officers

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CELINA, Ohio (WDTN) – Two corrections officers at the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility were treated for injuries after being attacked by an inmate Monday evening.

Just before 7:53 p.m. on March 25, an inmate who was being held in the intake area told a corrections officer that he had defecated in his pants. Officials say this is due to the fact that there were drugs in his system when he was arrested, and this is not an unusual occurrence when people are coming down from a drug high.

The corrections officer got the inmate out of his cell to allow him to shower and change into clean clothes.

Once he was out of his cell, the inmate attacked the corrections officer. A supervisor came over to help, and then the inmate managed to grab the corrections officer’s taser.

He tried to get the doors open from the intake area but was unsuccessful.

Patrol officers from Celina Police Department, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and Sheriff’s Deputies responded to provide assistance.

The incident lasted roughly eight minutes before law enforcement got the situation under control.

The two corrections officers received minor injuries and were treated by jail medical staff. They were then taken by Sheriff’s Office staff to Mercer Health, where they were treated and released.

The inmate was not injured but was placed in a restraint chair.

“These two corrections officers remained calm throughout the incident giving back-up officers the opportunity to arrive,” stated Sheriff Grey, “we continue to see more and more inmates with violent tendencies, I commend the staff and the responding officers for quickly regaining control.  This is becoming a dangerous business, even in our small community.”

Sheriff Grey says the facility worked as it was designed; the incident was contained to the intake area and the inmate was ultimately unable to escape.

He says that no further information will be released, as he does not wish to further discuss the facility’s security procedures.

Prosecutor Matt Fox was notified and is in the process of determining appropriate charges, pending the completion of an investigation.

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